Painting this heart with dotting tools is a great way to get yourself familiar with painting acrylic dots. It is also a lovely heart rock to add to your to-do list!

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In the world of rock painting when you heart about using dotting tools mandala stones jump to the top of your mind. But, those dots and patterns can take years to perfect. If you want to just play around with your new dotting tools then this is an excellent place to start!

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Dotted Heart Supplies

There are a few different sets of dotting tools out there. Feel free to shop around and read reviews. The set in this tutorial is the only set I have. It works well for the stones that I paint. I’m using DecoArt white acrylic paint to make my dots. I created a template out of a sticky note and traced it with my white gel pen. All of theses supplies are in the link below.

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Painting a Heart with Dotting Tools Step-by-Step

Below you will find step by step images on how to create this design. There is a full video tutorial after if you are looking for more details or tips!

The base coat on this stone was done with this big brush swipe technique. After that cut a sticky note or piece of paper into a heart. Trace around the edge with a white gel pen or paint pen. Starting with a larger dot go along the edge of the heart. This is great practice for sizing and spacing! Be careful not to let the dot go into the heart shape. Any space left between can be easily filled in.

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Take a smaller dotting tool to fill in anywhere that the base coat is showing through. You can touch up mistakes with a damp cotton swab.

Now start placing dots around your heart. Start with your biggest dots. Play around with dabbing the same paint multiple times to get different sized dots. Then go in with medium size dots and start filling in the bigger spaces left behind.

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Last, come back with one of the smallest dotting tools and fill in any open areas. Try not to let your dots run together. If this happens you can leave it or swipe up the dots with a cotton swab let that area dry and do it again.

There is a lot more that you could learn about dot painting. From supplies in your home you can use to paint consistency. Click here check out MORE dotting tips!

  • If you are using this tutorial to paint a rock, make sure to seal your painted rocks before putting them out into the world!

Painted Heart Video Tutorial

Watch me paint this heart step by step in the video below!

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